City News Round Up for Friday, April 9

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City News Round Up for Friday, April 9


Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The City Council’s April 5 meeting was interrupted due to the state-wide internet outage. The meeting has been moved to Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  


As a reminder, we are only conducting limited in-person transactions at this time. Anyone visiting City Hall will be asked a series of health screening questions and will have to have their temperature taken. Vehicle registrations require an appointment, no walk-ins allowed. Any questions? Please call 207-874-8300 or email


As Maine is experiencing another surge in COVID cases, we thank you for remembering to Stay the Course to help prevent further spread. We also encourage you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn. As of April 7, all residents ages 16+ are eligible. Check out Maine CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination website to see where you can get vaccinated. Maine DHHS is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. People should call 1-855-608-5172 at least 48 hours before their appointment to reserve a ride.


Upcoming City Hall and City Buildings Closure:  We will be closed on Monday, April 19 in observance of Patriots’ Day.


Community Development Forum

Join us on April 14, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm to discuss our five-year housing and community development plan. No need to know details of the plan to be involved, we will be going over that and providing more details during our discussion. The primary goal of this forum is to obtain feedback from our community members regarding affordable housing, social services and public infrastructure needs and goals for both the City of Portland as well as throughout Cumberland County. For more information contact Amanda Methot at

Click here to register


Make Sure Your Vehicle is Registered! Appointments Necessary

The Maine State Police announced this week it will begin enforcing several infractions, including expired vehicle registration stickers, which have been overlooked since the pandemic began last year. Make sure your car is registered on time! Our Treasury office is currently booking appointments into the first week of May. Don’t wait until it is too late. In-person service is by appointment only, please click here to book your appointment, or call 207-874-8491. If you are re-registering your vehicle with no changes to your previous registration, please use the State’s Rapid Renewal system. 

Parks Commission Greenspace Gathering 2021

The Portland Parks Commission invites you to join us on May 6 at 5:30 pm for our annual Greenspace Gathering as we discuss how to run effective partnerships between the City and Parks Friends Groups to maintain and improve upon Portland's open spaces.

The Greenspace Gathering will be held via ZOOM on May 6th from 5:30-7:30pm. FMI:  click the link in the headline.

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Street Sweeping Reminder

Public Works crews will be conducting street sweeping operations throughout April and May, but we need your compliance in order to get the job done correctly! Please make sure to adhere to the daytime and overnight street maintenance regulation signs, if your neighborhood has them. If your neighborhood does not, we appreciate your help in not parking on the street overnight if you don’t need to. Click the link in the headline to see which areas have restrictions and when they are. 


Annual Spring Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags Is Coming Up

The City’s annual spring curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste starts Monday, April 26 through Friday, May 7. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags. We can not accept the clear compostable bags. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbside on your normal trash day during the above dates and City crews will take care of the rest! 


Street Closures in Effect for Outdoor Dining & Retail Program

The outdoor dining and retail program has begun with the closure of several downtown streets. The program allows retailers and restaurants to apply to expand into public spaces, including closed streets, parklets, the public right-of-way, and parks. Similar to the 2020-2021 program, the City’s goal is to help small businesses operate successfully, safely, and in compliance with social distancing guidelines. The program covers the entire city and not just the downtown area. 


FY22 Budget Presentation Pushed to April 26 Meeting to Allow for Final ARP Guidance

City Manager Jon Jennings announced this week he is pushing back his FY22 municipal budget presentation, originally slated to be given during the City Council’s April 5 meeting, in order to confirm guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the permitted use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. He will now unveil his FY22 recommended municipal budget at the Council’s April 26 meeting. 


Our Recreation Department is Hiring!

We have an urgent need to hire additional Recreation Programmers to work in our After School Program! These positions are 20-30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and are permanent part-time position benefit eligible. Candidates must have experience and enjoy working with children and have knowledge of various sports/leisure activities for youngsters. Click Here for a full job description. To apply, please visit:


 Check Out Our New Digital Town Hall & Take Our Surveys

We have a new digital town hall and gathering place:  Civil Space is the City's new hub to share, discuss, inform, and collaborate on creating sustainable solutions for important issues, challenges, and opportunities in our community. Visit today to see our four current projects and the four surveys we have open. We look forward to gathering your feedback! And then check back often as we seek to engage you in new projects and survey opportunities. 


Traffic Alert: I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closures Begin April 12

The next phase of the I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) ramp closures will begin Monday, April 12. Currently, the southbound off ramp is closed. Starting April 12, the northbound off ramp will be closed, and then on April 19, all on and off ramps will be closed for approximately three weeks.


Traffic Alert: Preble Street at Baxter Boulevard

The ongoing work on Preble Street will move into the intersection of Baxter Boulevard beginning April 13. Access to northbound Baxter Boulevard will be restricted.  A detour will be established sending traffic to Forest Avenue. Baxter Boulevard southbound will be detoured at Dartmouth Street sending traffic up to Forest Avenue.


Traffic Alert: Ocean Avenue, Mackworth and Walton Street

Beginning April 16, 2021 the City’s Mackworth, Ocean, Walton CSO Separation Project has modified the closure on Ocean Avenue. Traffic on Ocean Avenue will be one-way only traveling from Read Street to Forest Avenue. Also, traffic on Walton Street will be one-way only traveling from Canco Road to Ocean Avenue.


Traffic Alerts: Upcoming Utility Work

Utility gas line work will be occurring on the below listed streets. Working days will be Monday through Friday.   

April 12 - April 23 on Congress Street from Brown Street to Tolman Place 9am - 7pm

April 12 - August 1 on Forest Avenue from Homestead to Castine Avenue 9am - 7pm

April 12 - May 21 on Woodford Street from Stevens to Forest Avenue  9am - 7pm

April 12 - May 28 on Fore Street from Munjoy South to Morning Street 9am - 7pm

April 12 - April 23 on Dartmouth St from Dartmouth St to Forest Ave    7am - 7pm 

April 12 - May 28 on Gilman St from Congress St to Gilman Place 7am - 7pm


 We’re Hiring!

We’re currently seeking a Water Resources Compliance Specialist, Mechanic, Athletic Facilities Steward, Planner, multiple openings at the Barron Center, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation. For more information, visit

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